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Old 01-13-2011, 06:17 PM   #20
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A little bit more progress to report on the layout.
After years of using cardboard or foam board to make the profile boards for my mountains, I decided to try something a tad more substantial this time.
In my necessary quest to save money by using what I have on hand, I took some hardboard scraps I had laying around and tacked them to the back of the layout and drew my mountain profile on them. Then I took them loose and cut them with a jigsaw. Since the scraps were all manner of colors from black to sky blue backdrop color I dug around in my paint box and found some gloss black paint and blasted them all black. Doesn't matter, it's going to be hidden anyway but I wanted to give things some uniformity to look at while I worked on the layout between now and the plaster stage. I used gloss black instead of flat because again, it's what I "have on hand".
I then reattached the pieces to the layout and covered the seams with some black tape. What looks like a continuous piece in the pic is actually three odd pieces of hardboard. I will use this profile board to attach my web of cardboard strips to and then cover it with plaster soaked paper towels. Should end up with a strong mountain side.
This deal of using all my train stuff and building stuff that I already have without going out and buying too much stuff got me to thinking.
I wonder how many of us could put together a credible small layout or diorama just using stuff we have collected up over the years and didn't use on our big layouts? Would be a neat challenge.
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